Community Cancer Caregivers (CCC) CLG was established in February 2020.
It was founded in order to create a network of volunteers within a community to assist other families within the same community who have had a cancer diagnosis or are undergoing a treatment for cancer.
Many of the treatments for cancer in Ireland are performed in specialised cancer clinics within large hospitals that are located in larger towns and cities. Attendance to such clinics always involves travel, coupled with hours of treatment. This results in parents/guardians no longer being able to continue to care for their children at times when they are needed the most, for example, after school.
For many, this is an unexpected part of treatment. It is also very disruptive to a child’s routine and can cause considerable additional stress and anxiety to an already extremely stressful situation.
This illness can stretch household budgets to a point that creates further stress on a family as childcare arrangements are costly and will need to be organised for times when a parent is undergoing treatment.
This is most profound when it’s the main carer who is sick.